Three-time Grammy Award-winning producer an Berklee alumnus Dawaun Parker ‘05 introduces Phil Beaudreau and his debut album, Ether. The pair’s first collaboration, “Lost,” garnered the attention of Dr. Dre, who, after hearing it, flew Beaudreau and Parker to Eminem’s studio in Detroit to work on new music. Says Beaudreau, “I never expected there to be any real interest this soon in the game. It’s incredibly encouraging to know that a legend like Dre cares about my work.” Beaudreau draws inspiration from the likes of Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys, Thom Yorke, and Kanye West.
Ron Reid directs this combined faculty/student ensemble, which blends Afro-Cuban, reggae, R&B, and soca into an infectious mix of improvisation and danceable grooves. The program will feature originals, traditional Caribbean music, and popular songs arranged for Caribbean jazz-fusion ensemble.
Alex Dyring plays upright and electric bass and hails from Seattle. He will be performing original hip-hop and Latinjazz compositions with special guest poets Utril "U.T." Rhaburn and WillLynch. Alex's music draws inspiration from the textures of hip-hop producersof the last two decades, Afro-Colombian and Afro-Cuban rhythms, as well asjazz masters of the 20th century. Accompanying Alex will be Aaron Lawsonon drums, Jens Sweeting on keyboard, Cosimo Boni on trumpet, Clay Lyons on alto sax, Rhaburn on tenor sax, and Carley Cusack on flute.
Southern-born gospel and soul singer-sgwriter and Berklee alumna Krystal Pegram will perform. Pegram has crafted her artistry beyond her formal education and training, fully engaging herher skills as an M.D., worship leader, and vocalist during each performance. As a songwriter and performer, she leads her audience on a transcendant journey through highly animated, fully captivating storytelling.
The neo-soul, gospel, and R&B duo Living Stones formed at Berklee. Known for a contemporary approach to songwriting, the pair is driven by faith, a love for people, and a desire to translate life experiences to write meaningful, challenging music for people of all walks of life to enjoy.
Rocco DeLuca’s self-titled release is his second album for 429 Records and his fourth LP overall. Produced by seven-time Grammy-winner Daniel Lanois, DeLuca builds upon the brooding and haunting mood of his last solo album, 2011’s Drugs ‘N’ Hymns. DeLuca recently hosted recording sessions in his East Hollywood bedroom with a number of notable local musicians, “local folks and family,” including drummer Oliver Charles (Ben Harper), guitarist and vocalist Christian Letts (Edward Sharpe), bassist Seth-Ford Young (Edward Sharpe), violinist Odessa Jorgensen, bassist Gus Siefert (The Black Keys, Beck), vocalist Soko, and drummers Josh Collazo (Edward Sharpe) and Jonathan Wright. Whereas Drugs ‘n’ Hymns was notable for its spare, quiet intensity and attention to the darker side of things, DeLuca revels in a spirited spontaneity and intimacy no doubt achieved through many an inspired (and oftentimes unacknowledged) home recording session among friends.